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Writing competitions are a great way to strengthen your research and writing skills...and perhaps even win a cash prize! If you have any questions about the contests below, please contact Katie Rolfes at


National Law Review Writing Competition-Articles submitted monthly.


Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law, sponsored by the Jackson Lewis law firm and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Law and the Workplace.   Submission deadline:  January 17, 2018.

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition.  Submission deadline: January 31, 2018.

Trandafir Student Writing Competition.  - Submission deadline:  February 1,2018.

Human Rights Essay Award, sponsored by The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL).  Submission deadline: February 1, 2018.

Family Law Writing Competition, sponsored by The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.  Entry forms must be received by: February 1, 2018.

Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition - Submission deadline: February 4, 2018.

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition-Submission deadline: February 12, 2018.

Student Writing Competition: Campus Speech, Protest, and Conflict Resolution, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at University of Missouri.  Papers must be received no later than 11:59pm, CT on February 15, 2018.

2018 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest -  sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP for Law Students and Young Lawyers.  Postmark Deadline: March 9, 2018.

2017-18 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition - Submission deadline: April 9, 2018.

Tax Analysts 2018 Student Writing Competition - Submission deadline: May 31, 2018.

Labor and Employment Law Writing Competition - Submission deadline: June 15, 2018.

The ABA Student Law Division also maintains a list of writing and essay contests on its website.

Happy writing!